|This is an image that shows how Sarcophyton heals after one half of the crown is removed. The upper lobe of this Sarcophyton is the original crown that was cut in half when we propagated this coral twelve weeks ago.
The bottom portion of this coral shows the new polyps that have formed on the top of the stalk that was left when we removed half of the coral. The cutting that we removed was cut into pie shaped sections. These cuttings were put into a bowl of reef water where they were used to inoculate new soft corals with symbiotic bacteria and Zooxanthellae algae.
We have found that by leaving part of the stalk, the crown , and part of the underside of the crown on each pie shaped cutting that the cuttings attached to gravel and heal much faster.
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